Rogate asparagus crop founders in waterlogged fields

Waterlogged asparagus fields at Durleighmarsh Farm, near Rogate, as the rain and cold take their toll on this year's crop
Waterlogged asparagus fields at Durleighmarsh Farm, near Rogate, as the rain and cold take their toll on this year's crop

WATERLOGGED asparagus fields at Durleighmarsh Farm, near Rogate, are telling their own story of this year’s sorry crop.

Picking is more than a month behind because of the incessant rain and cold temperatures.

The farm, one of the biggest asparagus growers in the area, is run by JLM Henslow and Partners.

Angela Henslow said: “This time last year we were at the tail end of a heat wave and had been harvesting for over four weeks. This year we have barely started and are battling against the odds to harvest the crop.

“Unfortunately a late start does not really extend the season as picking beyond the magical midsummer’s day in June risks reducing the harvest for the following year.”

Her husband Jan said the farm’s packing sheds were operating only about two days a week where normally, at this stage, they would be busy six days a week. “It could be a big financial loss. If the weather was suddenly to turn warm it would make up for it quite a lot but the longer this goes on, the more we are losing.”